If you are in a romantic relationship that you believe may have the staying power to be a lifelong union, you may want to open up dicussions with your partner about creating a prenuptial agreement before you walk down the aisle and say "I do." While some people may think that such a discussion is the opposite of romantic, some people in Pennsylvania might find that it allows them to preserve their relationships and even enhance them by forcing couples to talk openly about difficult topics. This type of communication is important for a successful marriage.
As a parent in Pennsylvania who has divorced your ex-spouse, you'll be looking at several different types of potential expenses. The Marinaro Law Firm works with you to help you determine what those expenses may be and how much you might end up paying.
If you are about to embark on a divorce in Pennsylvania or maybe have already gotten the process underway, you will no doubt quickly come upon many questions that need to be answered as you and your spouse work out the details of your divorce settlement. What will you do with your house? What happens to the timeshare? Will you split the assets in your 401K account?
For people in Pennsylvania who get divorced while they have minor children still at home, one of the most angst-filled aspects of the experience is losing some time with their children. Closely aligned to that is the reality that somehow they have to figure out a way to work with their former spouse cooperatively to help raise their children. If you are in this situation you know this is not always an easy task. There is a reason you got divorced, after all, and the thought of working together is often the last thing you might want but you know you have to do it.
Many in Lancaster may hope their divorces signify the end of their association with their spouses. However, those relationships often never truly end give that they still may have to continue to work together on certain matters, particularly if they have children together. One matter that must be coordinated is the payment of child support. Even in cases where both parents share custody of the children, some degree of child support is likely to be ordered (the exception would be those rare cases where both parents make the same income and spend the same amount of time with their kids). The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as recently as 2013, $32.9 billion was owed in child support in the country. Those who are preparing to contribute to that amount may want to have firm understanding of how the state determines their obligation.
If you are one of the many Pennsylvania residents who must give a portion of your 401K savings to your spouse as part of your divorce settlement, you will want to know about the qualified domestic relations order. Many people might thinkj it seems logical that if you include details of how an account should be split in your divorce decree you should be able to take money out of the account and give it to your former spouse with no issue. However, this is not so.
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